Frank talks and frustration: How the U.S. got to yes on Abrams tanks

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By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Steve Holland and Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They are expensive and hard to maintain. They run on jet fuel. And they are difficult to operate. The U.S. Pentagon presented its best arguments, publicly and privately, against sending Abrams – its most advanced battle tanks – to Ukraine. But President Joe Biden ultimately decided to approve the delivery of 31 tanks on Wednesday, which senior U.S. officials said came from the need to maintain unity among allies backing Ukraine. Biden’s decision capped a week of failed diplomatic efforts to get Germany to send …

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